Friday, February 28, 2014

Magic 1 @ Lotus State Cineplex & Private Corner @ Tung Shin Hospital

Checking out a couple of unconventional venues for food reviews: Petaling Jaya's Lotus Five Star State Cineplex ...

 ... & Pudu's Tung Shin Hospital.

First up, PJ New Town's Lotus State Cinema, where Magic 1 opened this year, serving hawker specialities in a setting that's well-lit, clean-looking & completely comfortable.

 Penang favourites form the focus; the selection ranges from a passable char kuey teow (below RM6, with several somewhat shrivelled cockles & a few fair-sized prawns) to assam laksa ...

 ... & Hokkien Char with sambal belacan (relatively uncommon in the Klang Valley) to chicken lor bak, ais kacang & cendol.

The big surprise: Magic 1 offers wine (!!!), including an unusual Australian red laced with green tea (a little less alcohol, a lot more antioxidants), pleasant-tasting & refreshing for hot afternoons.

Next up, Private Corner, a basic cafe that gets pretty busy near Tung Shin Hospital's main lobby. 

 Private Corner's advantage: its low prices. A bowl of pumpkin soup is RM3; not the most memorable, but (fittingly enough for a hospital eatery), it tastes wholesome.

The latte costs RM6, but it can be skipped. Not much flavour in this cup.

 Magic 1
Ground Floor, Lotus State Cineplex, Petaling Jaya
Daily, 8am-midnight

Private Corner
Tung Shin Hospital, 102, Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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16 comments:

  1. The magic wine sounds interesting. Did u get the Zen feel?

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: heh, it was very light-tasting ... a wine that's easy-drinking on its own :)

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  2. You do get around. Interesting venues; it looks like hospitals are getting into the f&b biz too!

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    1. Footfringe: actually a hospital cafe could do well under the right circumstances, ya. especially if it's a busy hospital =)

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  3. Reminds me that I haven't tried prince court hospital 's food! The cafe is still there right?

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, it's been years since i ventured there ... i think it should still be there! :D

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  4. Interesting venues LOL, there's one hospital here in penang- adventist, sells decent vegetarian food too!

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    1. Ken: oh ya, i like adventist bread! very tasty! :D

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  5. Really fascinating, Sean. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Linda: thanks for reading! :)

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  6. I miss char kuey teow+seehump a lot! Another month to go......

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    1. CK: heheh, when you come back, remember to make a list of everything you want to eat, including char kuey teow! :)

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  7. Sate? That's in PJ old town, right? Used to go to see reruns of old movies there in the mid-80's. Saw Top Gun there, I remember...if that's the one.

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    1. Tung Shin? Hope over to Tengkat Tung Shin. Love the Muar Restuarant there. They say the beef noodles at the roadside stall there is good too but I've never tried.

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    2. Suituapui: ooo, that sounds like a lifetime ago! hope it bring back good memories of the State Cineplex :)

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    3. Suituapui: yep, that's certainly a convenient possibility. muar restaurant does serve some good comfort food, and the beef noodle stall on that street is not bad either :)

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